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CARB Newsclips for May 17, 2017. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. CARB BUSINESS The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) invites you to participate in a public workshop to discuss proposed regulatory amendments to CARB’s Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program (HDVIP) and the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP). Staff will discuss proposed amendments that would: 1) reduce the current 40 percent opacity limit; 2) require opacity testers to be trained to ensure compliance with the SAE J1667 snap acceleration test procedures; and 3) require web-based fleet reporting. Staff also will briefly discuss its ongoing efforts to develop a comprehensive inspection and maintenance (I/M) program for heavy-duty (HD) vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating over 14,000 pounds for implementation in the post-2020 timeframe. The workshop will be held at the following location and time, and will be webcast for those unable to attend in person. This is the third public workshop, and staff is scheduled to present the proposed amendments to the Board at the October 26-27, 2017, public meeting in Riverside, California. Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Location: CalEPA Headquarters Building Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd floor 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 _________________________________________ Presentation is available for downloading!. Suzanne Paulson, Ph.D., J. R. DeShazo, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles and Akula Venkatram, Ph.D. University of California, Riverside Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., PDT (WEBCAST) Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, CalEPA Building 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California This project investigates the direct and quantitative effects of complicated urban built-environment on near-road dispersion and levels of on-road air pollution at scales from a few meters away from the center of the street to several city blocks. This was studied using ultrafine particle (UFP) concentrations as a surrogate for on-road air pollution, as it is an excellent proxy for motor vehicle emissions at short time scales. The project studies design features of transit oriented developments (TODs); types of development that are needed to move California communities toward improved public health combined with SB 375 (SB 375, Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008) goals of sustainability. For more go to the announcement at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/seminars/paulson5/paulson.htm _______________________________________ Dept. of Public Health Webinar & Webcast TOPIC: Public Health Dimensions of Oil and Gas Production in California. DATE: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 pm PDT (WEBINAR & WEBCAST) LOCATION: CalEPA, Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California WEBINAR - register here: https://cdph.webex.com/cdph/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed68c92894d8105b772615a49bbb6bacf WEBCAST Option: http://video.calepa.ca.gov _____________________________________________ Staff from the California Department of Transportation, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development invite you to participate in workshops to discuss implementation of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (Action Plan). The workshops will be held at the locations and on the dates noted below. The agencies will follow the same format and show the same presentation at each of the workshop locations. LOS ANGELES: May 30, 2017 SAN DIEGO: May 31, 2017 For more information on the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan including upcoming workshops, please visit the webpage at http://www.casustainablefreight.org/ _________________________ The California Air Resources Board in collaboration with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, is holding a free professional wet cleaning demonstration workshop. The free workshop will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM in Los Angeles. Doors open at 1:45 PM. Venue: London Cleaners, 1073 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Space is limited. Register early at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-professional-wet-cleaning-demonstration-workshop-for-dry-cleaners-tickets-33498967313 or by searching for "wet cleaning workshop" on Eventbrite at: http://www.eventbrite.com For more details about the workshop, please visit ARB's Non-Toxic Dry Cleaning Incentive Program (AB998) website at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/dryclean/ab998.htm __________________________ Low vapor pressure-volatile organic compounds (LVP-VOCs) are a set of VOCs currently exempted for VOC content based on a combination of boiling point, vapor pressure, and/or elution time from a GC-column. This work explores evaporation rates and secondary pollutant formation from a series of individual LVP-VOCs associated with consumer products, select generic consumer products that include these LVP-VOCs, and several hydrocarbon solvents. For more go to the announcement at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/seminars/cocker/cocker.htm CAP AND TRADE Bid to reform cap and trade rests on its shaky legal foundation. California lawmakers' push to reform the state's greenhouse gas program stems from long-standing legal perturbations that have dogged the market since its inception. The cap-and-trade market, which is tasked with ensuring that California reaches its target of 1990 emissions levels by 2020… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060054575/search?keyword=california AIR POLLUTION Air pollution kills more people in the UK than in Sweden, US and Mexico. WHO figures show people in Britain are more likely to die from dirty air than those living in some other comparable countries. People in the UK are 64 times as likely to die of air pollution as those in Sweden and twice as likely as those in the US, figures from the World Health Organisation reveal. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/17/air-pollution-kills-more-people-in-the-uk-than-in-sweden-us-and-mexico CLIMATE CHANGE A climate change solution beneath our feet. There’s too much carbon in the atmosphere and not enough in the ground where it’s useful. Healthy soil can help flip the picture. When we think of climate change solutions, what typically comes to mind is the transportation we use, the lights in our home, the buildings we power and the food we eat. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/brand-connect/ucdavis/a-climate-change-solution-beneath-our-feet/ Under Fire, Climate Scientists Unite With Lawyers to Fight Back. Lawyers and scientists do not always get along, but some are now finding common cause in an effort to defend the integrity of science — especially climate science — in government and academia. Climate scientists are feeling the heat as Republicans cement control of the executive branch and Congress. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/science/under-fire-climate-scientists-unite-with-lawyers-to-fight-back.html?_r=1 All but two countries are in the Paris climate agreement. US could be the third. One of Donald Trump's prominent campaign promises - to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, a 2015 U.N. accord that aims to combat climate change - may soon become reality. The move, which senior officials have said could come as early as this week, would be one of several Obama-era environmental… http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/All-but-two-countries-are-in-the-Paris-climate-11149670.php Combating Climate Change, Native American Venture Fund to Engage With World Wide Carbon, LLC to Place 360M Carbon Offsets Annually, Valued at $2.5B USD, Produced From Future Tribal Projects. The Native American Venture Fund (NAVF) and World Wide Carbon WWC ACCF Global Management (WWC) announced today that they have entered into a futures buying agreement for up to 360 million carbon offsets/credits annually over a 10-year period. http://www.kxxv.com/story/35442977/combating-climate-change-native-american-venture-fund-to-engage-with-world-wide-carbon-llc-to-place-360m-carbon-offsets-annually-valued-at-25b-usd Climate change threatening some migratory birds that breed in Canada. Study finds nine species of birds are struggling to adjust to earlier spring Researchers have found that nine species of birds, including the indigo bunting seen here, are having difficulty adjusting to earlier spring greening, which could threaten their existence. Researchers have found that nine species of birds… http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-migratory-birds-1.4115573 FUELS Gov. Brown clashes with environmentalists over fracking. Gov. Jerry Brown was on a roll, enthusiastically preaching to a choir of environmentalists about how carbon use and global warming are a looming catastrophe for California and the world. “Stopping carbon will be like stopping a heroin addiction,” Brown told a standing-room-only crowd at a downtown San Francisco hotel last month. http://www.sfchronicle.com/science/article/Gov-Brown-clashes-with-environmentalists-over-11151180.php VEHICLES California may start offering point-of-sale plug-in rebates. Pilot program could begin in San Diego this year. California may start funding point-of-sale rebates on electric vehicles and other zero-emissions vehicles in order to spur more green car purchases, especially among those in the lower income brackets who may be turned off by their higher prices. The California Air Resources Board's (CARB) Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP)… http://www.autoblog.com/2017/05/15/california-point-of-sale-plug-in-rebates/ Automakers are betting on hydrogen-powered cars— here are 12 in the works. Automakers are lining up to invest in hydrogen-powered vehicles, even though the big bucks are still being spent on battery-powered cars. From an infrastructure standpoint, purely electric vehicles make more sense. There are 15,959 electric charging stations in the United States, but only 35 hydrogen stations in the entire US… http://www.businessinsider.com/12-hydrogen-car-projects-2017-5 Ford is pushing back its hydrogen car plans — here's why. Ford announced in 2013 that it was forming an alliance with Mercedes-Benz and Nissan to develop hydrogen fuel-cell technology with the goal of releasing a mass-market vehicle by 2017. But Ford CTO Raj Nair told Business Insider that a hydrogen car isn't on the way this year and the timeline has changed. http://www.businessinsider.com/ford-cto-raj-nair-ford-wont-release-hydrogen-car-in-2017-2017-5 VW RECALL Federal court approves $225 million settlement in VW 3.0 liter, diesel cheating case. Volkswagen will pay $225 million, including $66 million to California, for harm resulting from the sale of its 3.0-liter diesel passenger cars that included emissions control “defeat devices,” under partial Consent Decrees signed today. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer signed the agreements between the automaker, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (US DOJ). https://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=922 VW Engineers Wanted O.K. From the Top for Emissions Fraud, Documents Show. Even after Volkswagen pleaded guilty to a nine-year conspiracy to dupe regulators and consumers, the carmaker has continued to insist that top executives played no role in the emissions fraud. But internal company emails and memos, which were reviewed by… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/business/volkswagen-muller-diesel-emissions.html?_r=0 VW still won't publish diesel investigation findings, citing more fines. Report: Jones Day findings pose further financial risk to VW even after $4.3 billion fine. Volkswagen chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch rejected calls by shareholders to publish an internal report on the diesel scandal compiled by the U.S. law firm Jones Day, a year after scuttling a planned release of the report ahead… http://autoweek.com/article/vw-diesel-scandal/vw-still-wont-publish-diesel-investigation-findings-citing-more-fines#ixzz4hBoQgPud FIAT/CHRYSLER European Commission launches legal action against Italy over Fiat Chrysler cars. The Italian government is facing demands for answers from the European Commission over emissions cheating allegations for cars sold by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The European Commission, an arm of the European Union, has given Italy two months to respond and the country could ultimately face action in the European Court of Justice. http://www.freep.com/story/money/2017/05/17/italy-under-pressure-over-fiat-chrysler-emissions-case/328059001/ EU starts legal action against Italy over Fiat Chrysler emissions. The European Commission launched legal action against Italy on Wednesday for failing to respond to allegations of emission-test cheating by Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI), in a procedure that could lead to the country being taken to court. The Commission said Italy had failed to convince it that devices used to modulate emissions on Fiat Chrysler vehicles outside of narrow testing conditions were justified. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-fiatchrysler-emissions-idUSKCN18D1DS GREEN ENERGY San Jose approves clean energy program. San Jose approved a program Tuesday to pool funds from residents to purchase energy from green sources, becoming the largest city in the country to do so. Several other Bay Area communities have established such programs, known as Community Choice Energy programs. They are an alternative to purchasing power from the major state utilities — Pacific Gas & Electric in this case. http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/San-Jose-approves-clean-energy-program-11151114.php The 'Buy America' company that sourced from abroad. Suniva Inc. is an American solar manufacturer that has often waved the flag, claiming that its products are 80 percent American-made. When it went bankrupt last month, it asked the Trump administration to raise worldwide tariffs, saying it was the only way the beleaguered American manufacturer would survive. https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/05/16/stories/1060054585 MISCELLANEOUS GOP lawmakers take aim at social cost of carbon. Senate Republicans are calling on U.S. EPA to take a closer look at regulations that consider "co-benefits" and the social cost of carbon. In a letter yesterday to the agency's regulatory reform officer, Samantha Dravis, members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee applauded EPA's moves to get rid of "burdensome regulations." https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/05/16/stories/1060054594 OPINIONS NY Times’ Stephens can’t see the elephant in the room on climate change. There was tremendous outcry when the New York Times hired opinion columnist Bret Stephens, who has a long history of making misinformed comments about climate change. Stephens didn’t assuage those fears when he devoted his first column to punching hippies, absurdly suggesting that our lack of progress on climate policy… https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/may/16/ny-times-stephens-cant-see-the-elephant-in-the-room-on-climate-change One simple trick for California’s carbon diet: a robust cap-and-trade system. Almost every January 1st I set a personal goal for weight loss. That’s easy. The hard part comes the following 364 days while I try different strategies to shed the pounds. On January 1, 2021, California must begin implementation of its ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below the 2020 levels. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/05/one-simple-trick-californias-carbon-diet-robust-cap-trade-system/ BLOGS Big energy wants Trump to slow deregulation binge, columnist says. •The energy industry wants to make sure Pres. Trump does not get too carried away repealing too many regulations, worried that Trump’s campaign rhetoric on killing Obama-era regulations could end up backfiring when put into practice, Axios columnist Amy Harder writes. https://seekingalpha.com/news/3267592-big-energy-wants-trump-slow-deregulation-binge-columnist-says Madrid's diesel ban panics carmakers, shifts pollution problem. To fight air pollution, Madrid is among cities around the world that have vowed to ban diesel vehicles by 2025. This leaves car dealers with lots full of autos no one will buy - what will happen to all the diesel cars? http://www.dw.com/en/madrids-diesel-ban-panics-carmakers-shifts-pollution-problem/a-38584982 Climate change spells dry times ahead for the West. Picture a snowflake drifting down from a frigid February sky in western Colorado and settling high in the Rocky Mountains. By mid-April, the alpine snowpack is likely at its peak. Warming temperatures in May or June will then melt the snow, sending droplets rushing down a mountain stream or seeping into the soil to replenish an aquifer. http://grist.org/article/climate-change-spells-dry-times-ahead-for-the-west/